Sunday Links for October 10, 2010

Richard Kadrey wrote the very enjoyable Sandman Slim (reviewed here). Now he’s back with a sequel, Kill the Dead, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Even more so, now that I’ve read his Big Idea piece on John Scalzi’s Whatever blog.

I posted my review of Ted Chiang’s The Lifecycle of Software Objects here on Reading the Leaves a short while ago. Some folks agree with my assessment of the book, and others disagree about as vigorously as is possible. Here are a few reviews for you to compare:

Adventures in Reading
The SF Site
SF Review
Locus Online

And as an extra-added bonus, you can always go to the website of the publisher, Subterranean, and read the novella for yourself.

Niall Harrison talks about why women don’t seem to win the Clarke award. It’s so odd to me that there are still so many areas where women do not seem to be given equal consideration; you would think that nearly 50 years or so after Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique, we’d be past this sort of thing. I know from my legal career that that’s not true, but I keep hoping that maybe lawyers are just exceptions. Obviously, that’s not the case.

I’m reading more different series than I would care to count, especially because I read mysteries as well as science fiction, and series abound in the former genre even more than in the latter. Floor to Ceiling Books has more courage than I do, and actually did a count. Makes you think about your own “to be read” piles, doesn’t it?

Mary Robinette Kowal is an extremely cool person. You’ll have the same opinion after you read this interview – especially the part about the “not safe for work” puppets.

Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe are still talking. In this episode of the ongoing podcast, they talk about anthologies and collections of the past 20 years.

The excellent website Strange Horizons is running its annual fund drive. You don’t need to give much to make a difference. Please think about supporting this really excellent source of science fiction and fantasy, as well as great criticism of those genres.

Who would be your dream team for making a new science fiction or fantasy movie? When it comes to music, we can certainly agree it should be John Williams, I’m sure, but who would you choose to direct, produce, and do the cinematography? John Scalzi has some ideas.

Is there really a video game canon? Jonathan McCalmont thinks so. Me, I’ve been away from gaming for a long time, but I’d love to get back into a good role playing game – not a first person shooter, but one where you have to solve puzzle after puzzle. Which reminds me: why doesn’t McCalmont consider Myst one of the classics?